For more than 15 years, Yum! has been working to operate more sustainably. We have developed a range of green-building programs to conserve energy in our restaurants and have explored ways to reduce deforestation throughout our supply chain. And over the past two years, we have been laying the foundation for the next phase of our journey: our first science-based targets, which give us a roadmap for reducing GHG emissions to levels aligned with the Paris Agreement that limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
In early 2021, Yum! announced our target to reduce emissions by 46% by 2030, compared to a 2019 baseline, and our ambition to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. Arriving at this target required developing a comprehensive understanding of each of our areas of impact and our options for abatement. This includes impact areas both within our business, such as the efficiency of our offices and restaurants, and within our supply chain, such as the agricultural and land use practices employed when it comes to beef, chicken and dairy.
Yum!'s Science-Based Targets
emissions by 2050
Yum! will work closely with brands, franchisees, suppliers and producers to cut emissions from franchisee restaurants on a per-restaurant basis and on a per-metric ton basis for beef, poultry, dairy and packaging. Actions already underway include piloting energy optimization and building management systems at restaurants worldwide and converting 1,000 restaurants to renewable energy sources.
Collaboration with climate-forward partners will help us stay accountable. Yum! is now a member of the Clean Energy Buyers Association, a group of large energy buyers, energy providers and service providers that have joined together to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon energy future. We have also joined thousands of other global companies in the We Mean Business Coalition, which helps encourage meaningful corporate action such as setting science-based targets, committing to 100% renewable power and embracing responsible climate policy.